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Las Alamedas: Mexican Food in a Beautiful Atmosphere

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Inside one of the dining rooms at Las Alamedas in Katy, Texas

Inside one of the dining rooms at Las Alamedas in Katy, Texas

The Original Houston Location

The original Las Alamedas location, on Voss Road near Interstate 10 in Houston, was a crowd-pleaser. It was a large stuccoed building fashioned as a Spanish style hacienda. What made it even better was its location of two and a half acres backing onto a ravine and bayou.

Floor to ceiling glass windows wrapping around the back and a bit of the side let the beauty of nature shine. While dining on authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine in air-conditioned comfort, one could also enjoy the wooded setting just outside those massive windows. The forested areas were in a natural state.

Sitting in that back room with the dense growth of trees, vines, and undergrowth, one felt far removed from the busy interstate highway just a stone's throw away. Many squirrels were on view frolicking as well as birds and butterflies, adding a momentary bit of movement and color to the scenery.

During the happy hour towards the front of the almost 15,000 square foot restaurant, a free generous buffet of gustatory delights was available. One could easily make a meal of it, and I am sure many people did just that while sipping on one's choice of cocktails. The margaritas were a favorite of ours, particularly in that gorgeous setting.

One of the dining rooms

One of the dining rooms

Memories of the Old Location

Sadly after 28 years in that beautiful location, Las Alamedas closed their doors. From what I read, a protracted court battle following the death of the owner of the property, as well as increased rent, caused the decision to cease operating there.

We always took out-of-town guests to that beautiful restaurant. The Sunday brunch buffets were fabulous! My husband and I, along with family and friends, have many memories of dining there and enjoying that spectacular ambiance. I am sure that many Houstonians have similar memories and were also saddened when that chapter came to a close.

New Location in Katy, Texas

It is nice to know, however, that Las Alamades "Since 1980" has relocated. The restaurant is now in Katy, which is due west of Houston in the gorgeous La Centerra at Cinco Ranch shopping center. It retains a Spanish style appearance in building style as well as decor. The address is 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, Texas 77494.

Two outdoor patios on either side of the central entrance doors provide seating for alfresco dining. Radiant heaters keep diners warm in the few months of the year that it might be necessary to turn them on. When the weather turns warm, fans and micro misters enable people to enjoy the outdoor seating if they choose that option.

A pair of beautiful bronze horses atop a human-made rock outcropping with water features, a simulated green lawn space, and well-executed landscaping is just outside the doors of this charming restaurant. Thus the view while quite different from the original setting is still very pleasing.

The interior colors are warm and inviting.

Enjoying the tacos Jalisco

Enjoying the tacos Jalisco

Lunch Specials

A few more Tex-Mex items are on the menu, but one can still find Mexican food made, such as is located in the interior of Mexico.

My husband and I recently had lunch there. He chose the tacos Jalisco, which was corn tortillas filled with shredded beef fajita topped with green sauce, lettuce, and queso fresco. It comes with a choice of refried or charro beans. He chose the latter.

My luncheon choice was blackened fish. It was a blackened tilapia fillet cooked over a hot iron skillet. Accompanying it was a medley of green and yellow squash, carrots, and broccoli.

They were both delicious. All the lunch specials cost $10.95 and include iced tea. Crisp tortilla chips and a mild red salsa come to table gratis.

Beef tacos al carbon

Beef tacos al carbon

Additional Food Photos and Descriptions

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Beef Tacos al Carbon is delicious. It consists of grilled pieces of succulent beef fajita meat inside of a soft flour (or corn) tortilla. On the side is some guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. Chile con queso is an additional choice that is available. My husband chose the charro beans in place of the refried beans.
  • Chicken Acapulco is equally good. It is a grilled chicken breast topped with sauteed onions, shrimp and a creamy lobster sauce au gratin. On the side is a medley of vegetables and some cilantro flavored rice.
  • Chicken Serape is an exciting and flavorful dish. How they flatten the chicken that way is a mystery to me. It is paper-thin and grilled yet does not dry out. It is topped with grilled poblano peppers and onions and served with a creamy mushroom chipotle sauce. Tortillas, either flour or corn, are served with it along with guacamole and charro beans. It is a winner of a dish!
  • Pollo Con Champignones consists of a grilled chicken breast that comes with a topping of mushrooms, bell peppers, all sautéed in a white wine sauce. Accompanying it is thinly sliced potatoes au gratin.
  • Brocheta de Pescado is a delicious grilled skewer with tilapia fish, onions, bell peppers served over a bed of rice.
  • Chicken Enchiladas is often a favorite of my husband's, as is an extra order of their delicious Guacamole.
  • Pollo al Chipotle is a succulent grilled chicken breast topped with chipotle sauce. Rice is the accompaniment to this dish.
Chicken Acapulco

Chicken Acapulco

Hours of Operation

Lunch hours Monday through Friday are from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Brunch hours are the same on Sunday. Once this restaurant opens at 11 a.m., it stays open all day until closing time at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

My husband and I usually sample each other's food selections, and we declared each of these pictured food items winners. These food offerings are but a small sampling of what there is to order!

My hubby at Las Alamedas

My hubby at Las Alamedas

We give a thumbs up to this beautiful restaurant!

Update

I am sad to report that Las Alamedas, a fantastic restaurant that is family-owned and has been in business for 40 years, is now permanently closed. It is hard to know how many other restaurants will end up closing in this pandemic year of 2020. This restaurant was one of our personal favorites. We extend to the owners and staff our best wishes for the future.

Questions & Answers

Question: How far is it from Austin?

Answer: If you are driving from Austin to Katy, Texas, it would take you 2 hours and 11 minutes of non-stop driving to travel the 135 miles, according to the site Distance Between Cities.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2020:

Hi Devika,

If you have never had Mexican food, you are in for a treat. It can be mild or spicy, depending upon the recipe. My husband and I love it!

Devika Primic on August 19, 2020:

Hi Peggy believe it or not I had not had Mexican food. I would love to try a new recipe and Mexican food is no exception. The food looks delicious.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

It is a pleasure to show off some of our local restaurants and the food that they serve. With all of the Indian food you prepare, do you also make Mexican food at home? Or do you treat yourself to eating Mexican food in restaurants?

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 20, 2020:

I love the Las Alamedas atmosphere and the Mexican spread is very inviting. I love Mexican food.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

Thanks for your comment on Las Alamedas restaurant.

The person that owned that award-winning restaurant in Spain will now be sharing his expertise with others. That is wonderful and kind of him. His hours may also be better. People working in restaurants put in long hours!

manatita44 from london on June 04, 2020:

I like the ambient feel ... the decor and light in more ways than one at las Alamedas. I feel it will go well with a properly chosen Andre Rieu or Tchaikovsky. The horse sculpture and setting is just right and the creativity of the food is amazing!

Did you know that Spain held the prize for the world's best restaurant for five years! The guy has closed down, opened some sort of food college and teaches food around the world.

Actually, some soft latin jazz or rhythm and blues would be cool. Your husband looks very handsome. You have great taste, Peggy ...naturally.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:

Hi Niks,

So glad to know that you enjoyed the food photos taken in Las Alamedas. As you know, we also like eating Mexican food.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Yes, when it comes down to it, food is the most important thing about enjoying dining out. At least they kept the same recipes, so that part did not change.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:

Hi Diana,

Las Alamedas did relocate and is still going strong. It is just in another location.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:

Hi John,

We do have great Mexican food here, and Las Alamedas is one of the restaurants that we frequent. Sorry that the Mexican food that you get in central Florida is not up to your standards. The four years we lived in central Wisconsin, back in the 1970s, we missed good Mexican food also. We were happy to return to Texas for that reason, among others.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

Yes, we do have so many restaurants in the Houston area. It would literally take years of getting to them all if a person ate out every day of the year.

Niks from India on April 28, 2020:

This article is an incredibly amazing treat to a foodie like me. I love to eat Mexican food. Your Mexican food memories are described very well. I had fun reading this hub which contains interesting and mouth-watering pictures Thanks a lot, Peggy.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 28, 2020:

The older location was so gorgeous, but really it’s about the food. Your photos and descriptions are something else. They certainly inspire one to want to eat Mexican!

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on April 28, 2020:

Looked such a great place to have a meal with family and friends. Such a shame that circumstances led it to be closed down. Rentals for commercial properties are high, even in South Africa.

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on April 28, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

Great article. Articles like yours make me miss California. Don't get me wrong, I love Central Florida. But you can't get good Mexican Food around here. California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas are great for Mexican food. Take care.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 28, 2020:

I'm drooling! I love Mexican food, my husband does not. There is a wonderful place in Ar. where my son Jackie took me, I can't think of the name, but the food was delicious. The name of the town is Imboden. There are so many great places to eat in Houston, or nearby. Lucky you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

The older location closed, but Las Alamedas is currently operational in Katy, Texas. We enjoy dining there.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 28, 2020:

It is a shame this restaurant closed. The food looks fantastic. I like the decor with those large rounded windows. It is very attracive.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2020:

Hi Liz,

The spectacular beauty of the first location would always be my preference, but at least the food is still the same in the newer site. Sadly, I never took photos in the original location.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 28, 2020:

It's sad when a favourite restaurant closes for whatever reason. Which of the two did you prefer? The food sounds delicious in both.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I forgot to mention that the salsa that they bring to the table is warm, as are the chips. They also reward regular patrons with a buy one, get one free entree for birthdays. As you can probably tell, we like this restaurant!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 28, 2020:

I have never met a Mexican dish I didn't like. I could happily fill up on just the chips and salsa before the meal. Any chicken dish is fine by me, thank you very much. :)

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